Xbox outages affecting thousands of homes and gamers are suggesting some new fixes to Microsoft execs. One great promise of technology is to be able to manage everything all in one place (if you have to manage them at all, that is, says Internet of Things). But a problem with that promise is it undermines the value of keeping things discreet. So when you break one part, it isn’t all broken.
In an exchange on Twitter Verge writer Tom Warren, like everyone else affected, said he’d love to see the Xbox outages fixed because it “takes out all your apps, so can’t even open Netflix.” Xbox chief Phil Spencer reached out to Warren in agreement. “The dependencies between the services needs to be minimized.” Separating out the services in the console and on the Xbox Live network is obviously being talked about in Redmond. Spencer’s Twitter followers welcomed the news, too, with @yehuda_vs_world tweeting “hey phil! great response to tom warren btw.”
@tomwarren I think you are right. The dependencies between the services needs to be minimized.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 1, 2015